The new Android M or now known as Marshmallow is just around the corner and it is expected to be released along with 2 new Nexus devices. With the new OS version going live, Google has released its latest Android breakdown figures based on active devices on the Android and Google Play ecosystem.
While the current Android Lollipop is gaining momentum taking up 21% (inclusive of Android 5.0 and 5.1), majority of Android devices are still running on KitKat which stands at 39.2%.
Android Developers Blog had released a new snapshot of the Android version cake for 1st September. Today the latest Android 2.2 Froyo had taken a bigger slice than ever at 28.7% which holds the number 2 spot after Android 2.1 Eclair of 41.7%. Previously Android 2.1 dominated more than half of all Android devices out there.
As expected with new Android 2.2 updates, and new devices with Froyo installed, it is no surprise this latest version is gaining traction quickly. The older Android 1.5 and 1.6 versions are shrinking with 12.0% and 17.5% respectively. However we don’t expect them to die off dramatically anytime soon thanks to the likes of Sony Ericsson and Dell that are still clinging onto legacy versions.
The Android device segment is an interesting one where the platform is fragmented with different versions. As mentioned earlier, fragmentation is a big problem for Android where there are multiple versions namely Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.1 and the latest 2.2. Most newly developed Android apps only work well with the latest version and this will leave many Android users behind.
Just about months ago, the then latest 2.1 version stood at 27%. Today, Android 2.1 accounts to half of all Android devices out there. Not surprising considering new Android devices aggressively pushed today runs on Android 2.1. Contributing to the rise also are handset manufacturers that started offering firmware upgrades of older Android devices to version 2.1, like the HTC Hero.